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ESPN Nation Falcons beat reporter Vaughn McClure predicts the team will trade back from No. 17 overall and take Arkansas TE Hunter Henry later on in the first round.

McClure notes that Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff loves the depth in the class and would be looking to pick up a Rd. 3 pick. We know several other teams feel the same, so circumstance is clearly driving the bus here. Henry is the class' No. 1 TE, projected to either go late in the first or early in the second round.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 28 - 7:24 PM

In combining the attendance numbers from every SEC spring game, the conference finished out drawing 508,994 souls.

Arkansas was the final SEC team to hold a spring game. Their Saturday fling drew 30,546 people to boost the conference over the 500,000 mark. Georgia crammed 93,000 in for their spring contest to lead the SEC. There is nothing particularly substantive about all of these numbers -- nobody will be talking about them in a month -- but even spring bragging rights are still bragging rights.
Apr 24 - 12:27 PM

Arkansas TE Hunter Henry earned 18-of-19 first-place votes for best TE in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's poll of NFL scouts.

Henry obviously finished No. 1 with 75 points. He was trailed in voting by, in order, Austin Hooper (40), Nick Vannett (38) and Jerell Adams (20). "It's just such a really, really hard position now," an NFC personnel director said. "People thought they'd get something out of (Eric) Ebron and (Austin) Seferian-Jenkins two years ago that were disappointments. Colleges are not really producing any (Mark) Chmuras or (Jason) Wittens anymore."
Apr 22 - 1:08 PM

An NFL scout said of Arkansas TE Hunter Henry: "Heath Miller is a good comparison."

"At least he does it (block), and he does it pretty well," the scout told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "You hit on him, he's going to be a good player." Henry had 116 receptions for 1,661 yards (14.3) and nine scores at Arkansas. "Very soft hands," one scout said. "Good route runner. Gets open consistently. Really good size and can get bigger and stronger to play on the line of scrimmage. He may not be the athlete that Tyler Eifert is but a similar type receiver." A third scout said Henry "can catch the heck out of it" and can "give you enough (blocking) to be a pain in the (expletive)." Chimed in a fourth scout: "He's not a dynamic, special-athlete, difference-maker like Jordan Reed or Tyler Eifert or Zach Ertz or Travis Kelce."
Apr 21 - 9:51 PM

Arkansas HC Bret Bielema named redshirt junior QB Austin Allen the starter for the 2016 season.

Allen is the younger brother of last year's starter, Brandon Allen. Baby brother Austin didn't see much field action in 2015, completing 8-of-16 passes for 153 yards. In last weekend's spring scrimmage, the 6-foot-1, 216-pounder helped secure the starting gig thanks to a nice 15-of-18 showing through the air. He connected on three touchdown passes. 247Sports ranked him as the No. 17 pro-style quarterback recruit for the 2013 cycle.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 16 - 1:43 PM

NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah notes Arkansas TE Hunter Henry "is starting to gain some steam in personnel circles."

Henry is widely viewed as the No. 1 tight end prospect in this class, but it is difficult to know if that means a late first round pick or even late second round. Henry is a very comfortable receiver who boasts average athleticism. However, he was used from every alignment, made a number of difficult catches and shows a willingness to block. Jeremiah projects Henry to the Texans at No. 22 overall. Henry likely starts the run on tight ends.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 15 - 9:38 AM

Arkansas redshirt senior RB Kody Walker suffered a broken right foot during Tuesday's practice.

"It’s a pretty standard foot injury that we’ve dealt with in the past and we expect him to be full-go by June," head coach Bret Bielema said in a statement. "If anyone knows how to battle adversity it’s Kody Walker." That's because injuries have already stolen two of Walker's seasons, the reason he's eligible this fall for what will be his sixth season on campus. The good news is the 6-foot-2, 250-pounder should be 100-percent healthy for summer camp. He's expected to start.
Apr 14 - 6:58 PM

Pro Football Focus calls Arkansas RB Jonathan Williams the class' second most underrated runner.

The site believes Williams would have been one of the top runners in the class of 2014 had he declared. Williams elected to return to school and suffered a season-ending foot injury in August, depressing his draft stock. He tested well at the Arkansas Pro Day. In 2014, Williams forced 65 missed tackles and was the nation's 12th-best RB, according to PFF.
Apr 13 - 6:08 PM

Arkansas TE Hunter Henry indicated on Sirius XM NFL Radio that the only official visit he has logged was with the Chicago Bears.

In a thin tight end class, Hunter's lack of official love is somewhat peculiar. He said that he had worked out for five to six teams, but the Bears have served as his lone visit. It's not like there hasn't been buzz around the 6-foot-5, 250-pounder, either. An NFL scout who spoke with NJ.com in March believes that Henry has a legitimate claim to the first round, while NFL Draft Scout's Frank Cooney sees him as a complete package at the position.
Apr 12 - 9:51 PM

Arkansas QB Brandon Allen will "provide excellent value on Day 3," according to Pro Football Focus' John Breitenbach.

In terms of pure passing, Allen was PFF's No. 6 graded QB in 2015, acquitting himself as particularly proficient in the deep and intermediate range across the middle. "Digs, posts and crossing routes were executed with good location, enabling yards after the catch consistently. Designed bootlegs also play to Allen’s strengths," PFF noted. "He lacks the arm to drive sideline passes from the pocket, but throws with good touch outside the numbers on the move. Pressure from the interior also isn’t debilitating, some of [Allen's] most impressive throws came with defenders in his face." Allen is very aware in the pocket, sliding in and out of pressure with ease. Combined with a quick release, he doesn't take many sacks.
Apr 11 - 6:42 PM

NFL Draft Scout's Frank Cooney wrote of Arkansas RB Jonathan Williams that "scouts could be hesitant to invest an early pick in a back that missed all of last year."

"When healthy, [Williams] shows the elusiveness, burst and power to project nicely to the NFL," Cooney noted, "but scouts could be hesitant to invest an early pick in a back that missed all of last year." The 5-foot-11, 220-pounder suffered a left foot injury which required surgery before the start of the 2015 campaign. He is still working his way back from the bum boot, perhaps a reason why he managed just 4.59 seconds in the 40-yard dash during his Pro Day. Cooney was less than impressed by that mark, though it is reasonable to expect that Williams could run faster in the NFL the further removed he becomes from his foot woes. NFL Films' Greg Cosell cares not for these injury questions, though, and indicated in late March that he sees Williams being in the same tier as consensus No. 1 RB Ezekiel Elliott. That is a stretch in our books.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 10 - 6:39 PM

NFL Draft Scout's Frank Cooney wrote that Arkansas RB Alex Collins "is not as big as some runners or as fast as others, but he is as tough and determined as any of them."

"[Collins] is a no-nonsense, north-south runner who reaches top speed faster than some defenders can adjust," Cooney noted. He went on to call him a "decent receiver and adequate blocker," but believes both of those skills need to be honed in order for the 5-foot-10, 217-pounder to reach his ceiling. NFL Media's Lance Zierlein has deemed Collins as a "repetitive runner lacking dynamic talent," but sees him as potential immediate contributor in terms of red zone carries. Regardless of what analysts are saying about his overall athletic prowess, the Arkansas rock has a high enough opinion of his own abilities. Said Collins, "I honestly feel like I'm the best running back in the draft." Duly noted, Mr. Collins, duly noted.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 9 - 8:31 PM

CBS Sports draft analyst Dane Brugler noted that Arkansas TE Hunter Henry was "able to regain some of that momentum [lost during the Combine] at his [Pro Day] and made it clear that he is the best tight end this year."

Brugler believes that Henry might have lost his draft momentum at the NFL Scouting Combine, as the 6-foot-5, 250-pound tight end did not participate in any of the runs or athletic tests in Indianapolis. He did, however, go through the Pro Day gauntlet, running the 40-yard dash in 4.66 seconds while leaping to the tune of 31 1/2 inches (vertical) and 9-foot-5 (broad). In a weak tight end class, Henry has an outside shot at a first-round selection.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 9 - 12:35 PM

NFL Draft Scout's Frank Cooney thinks that with better in-line blocking, Arkansas TE Hunter Henry would serve as the complete package.

"With excellent size, athleticism and extraordinary ball skills," Cooney wrote, "Henry needs only to improve his in-line blocking to be a well-rounded tight end." The analyst went so far as to compare his catching ability to that of Jason Witten, noting that Henry, like Witten, possesses a sure set of hands (Henry did not drop a pass last season). In late March, an NFL scout called him a "legitimate first-round pick," but the second round could be a more likely play here. Despite those strong hands that Cooney loves, the 6-foot-5, 250-pounder broke just four tackles in 2015. As Pro Football focus analyst Michael Renner put it, he "leaves a bit to be desired" once the ball is in his hands.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 8 - 7:21 PM

Arkansas QB Brandon Allen told Alex Marvez he has met or worked out for the Bucs, Panthers, Falcons and Cowboys.

Allen could be a fourth round selection, and much of what he did at Arkansas translates to the NFL. The Razorbacks put a lot on Allen's shoulders at times, and he responded well by hitting receivers at every level of the field. He projects as a backup quarterback.
Apr 8 - 10:24 AM


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